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LIVING GRATITUDE Giving Thanks Unfolds Grace

Miraculous Midlife

Getting Older but Flying Higher Marianne Williamson

Grain Free & Brain Bright

How Wheat, Carbs and Sugar Affect Your Brain Power


By Saving Animals, We Save Ourselves

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Natural Iodine Supplementation A Must for Most Americans


e all need iodine, yet most of us don’t get enough of it through our diet. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that iodine deficiency in the developed world has increased fourfold in the past 40 years and now affects nearly three-quarters of all adults. Numerous U.S. practicing physicians quoted widely in the media estimate that the incidence of hypothyroidism in our adult population may be between 30 and 70 percent. Thus, we can’t efficiently produce the thyroid hormones that serve as chemical messengers triggering nearly every bodily function. The presence or absence of iodine affects our every cell.

Be Aware of Hypothyroidism Symptoms Low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, is the most recognized and obvious indicator of low iodine intake because the thyroid gland contains more concentrated iodine than other organs.

Symptoms can range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and a variety of skin and hair problems. Hypothyroidism can further cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers. In children, insufficient iodine has been strongly linked with mental retardation, deafness, attention deficient and hyperactivity disorder and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University, China’s Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and France’s National Academy of Medicine. The answer is simple: Taking the right kind of iodine in the right dosage can rebalance thyroid function and restore health to the thyroid and the whole body.

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Reasons Behind Iodine Deficiency Radiation: Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation emitted by cell phones, Wi-Fi, microwave ovens and other electronic devices. Iodized table salt: The human body cannot utilize the iodine added to this product. Low-sodium diets: Failure to use healthy salts to fulfill sodium requirements, plus overuse of zero-nutrient table salt in foods, leads to iodine depletion. Bromine: This toxic chemical overrides iodine’s abilities to nourish the thyroid, adrenal and other hormone-producing glands. A known carcinogen, it is used as an anticaking ingredient found in almost all baked goods, unless the ingredients specifically cite unbromated flour. Iodine-depleted soils: Due to poor farming techniques, iodine and other minerals in soil have declined, so most foods today are devoid of naturally occurring iodine. Proper iodine supplementation with a high-quality product like Natural Awakenings Detoxified Iodine can prevent harm by protecting the thyroid and other endocrine glands and restoring proper hormone production.

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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.




by Jorge Camara

15 LIVING GRATITUDE A Taproot of Happiness by Leo Babauta



12 Steps to Spiritual Awakening by Michael A. Singer

19 MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE 19 by Gabrielle Wyant


BRAIN BRIGHT How Wheat, Carbs and Sugar

are Affecting Your Brain Health by Linda Sechrist


Being Exactly Who We Need to Be by Marianne Williamson

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Rescue You, Rescue Me by Sandra Murphy

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10 7 newsbriefs 10 healthbriefs 12 globalbriefs 14 community spotlight 15 inspiration

12 16 healingways 19 greenvegas 20 consciouseating 22 wisewords 24 localopinion 20 25 petbriefs 26 naturalpet 28 calendar 33 resourceguide

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We know it as the most wonderful time of the year, yet too often the holiday season pushes wellness to the back burner and heightened consumption trumps efforts to go green. For this year’s gift-giving season, look for meaningful and practical gift ideas from local businesses to ease the stress of holiday shopping. Make gifting simple and create new traditions. Try the fourgift rule with kids: one thing they want, one thing they need, one thing to wear and one thing to read. Avoid the commercialism of big-box store toy aisles by instead visiting smaller, locally owned retailers in search of eco-friendly and educational gifts. Better yet, consider gifting a heartening experience with a membership to Springs Preserve ( or Music 4 Life Health Club & Training Center ( Suggest exchanging locally crafted items with out-of-town family members so everyone receives a unique gift. For unique yoga apparel, accessories and jewelry, check out Manipura Yoga Jewelry and Clothing ( or for unique, eco-friendly, soy candles, order from Rehab Bottle Co. ( With friends and family in mind, have fun practicing conscious consumerism with gifts of wellness and sustainability. Switch from packaged products to gift certificates, prepaid memberships and/or make charitable donations to your favorite eco-causes or organizations. Yoga, qigong or t’ai chi-related gifts are healthy and meaningful as an introduction to the many modalities offered in our area. Check out offers from Naturally Organic Healing Center (, Just Breathe Wellness Center ( and Namaste Yoga (; all offer a great variety of classes to serve the mind, body and spirit. Or, gift your loved ones with certificates for healing energy modalities by Mica Teal ( or Spirit of The Owl Healing Arts ( With busy calendars and long to-do lists, everyone can use a little pampering this time of year. Look into organic products and holistic services at Flawless Silhouettes Wellness Spa (, gift a massage by Chuck Williams ( or give stress reduction sessions with Leanne Earnest, of Stress Less Las Vegas ( or Transformations ( For furry family members, consider a conscious gift alternative to the usual squeaky toy. At Your Service Pet Supply & Grooming ( offers complete grooming services, as well as planet-friendly and organic products. Having help around the house can ease the stress of holidays or any other time of year. Contact Perry Dau, at Green Clean Cleaning Service (, to gift a cleaning to a friend, help you prepare for houseguests or clean up after they’ve gone! You’ll also find naturally appealing gift ideas for kids, pets, relatives and friends at the Natural Awakenings webstore, Of course, these next couple of months are not only about gift giving. Take time to identify your own gifts and who or what contributes most to your happiness and well-being. Take time to feel gratitude for the people, places, things and experiences that already bring you joy. Peace,

Gabrielle Wyant-Perillo, Publisher


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New Real Water Pink Bottle Benefits Susan G. Komen

Create a Healthy Smile & Body for the Entire Family


eal Water has partnered with America’s Got Talent judge and pop superstar, Mel B, to benefit Susan G. Komen. Together they have designed a limited edition pink bottle in support of Komen’s mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever. Infused with negative ions, Real Water adds electrons to the water that act as an antioxidant and hydrates the body very well on a cellular level. Best known as Scary Spice, Mel B is also an author, fashion leader, television personality, philanthropist, entrepreneur and mom to four daughters. She says, “The limited edition pink bottle is eye-catching and its tie to this important work is one more reason to buy Real Water. Every case purchased from now through 2014 will help support Komen’s mission. Many families and their loved ones are affected by breast cancer, and it’s a cause that I am committed to.” Real Water’s blue bottle will “Go Pink” with the limited edition pink bottle and cap featuring Mel B on the front label, and Real Water will donate 60 cents to Komen for each specially marked case sold through December 31, 2014.

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Tule Springs/Floyd Lamb Park Bird Walk


he Red Rock Audubon Society will lead bird walks at Tule Springs/Floyd Lamb Park the third Saturday of each month, corresponding with the Floyd Lamb Park Farmers’ Market, which is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The next scheduled walks are from 8 to 10 a.m., November 16 and December 21. Floyd Lamb Park is home to a variety of native and migratory birds. The lakes attract water birds and the native riparian and desert wash vegetation attracts many Mojave desert species. The walk finishes with a visit with the Park’s burrowing owls. Walks last about two hours and are geared toward beginners and casual walkers. There will be lots of walking along dirt trails and paths. Rest rooms are available at the park. Bring water, snacks and a friend. Meet at the parking lot for group picnic area 5 at the end of the paved road, past the Nevada Division of Forestry Plant Nursery.

Open your eyes,

look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living? ~Bob Marley

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orever Resorts, in cooperation with the National Park Service, will host its annual Cleanup Day on November 16, at the Callville Bay Resort and Marina, Lake Mead National Recreation Area. It’s a chance for eco-conscious individuals to come out and help clean up the marina and surrounding beach areas with others that share a passion for preserving the beauty of our national parklands. More than 21,000 pounds of debris have been collected over the last five cleanup days at Callville Bay—that’s more than 10 tons of trash. Individuals wishing to volunteer for Cleanup Day should wear loose fitted or layered clothing, closedtoed shoes, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen. Tools and bags will be provided. Registration is at 8 a.m., and coffee and donuts will be served. Cleanup activities will proceed from 9 a.m. to noon. Land volunteers are needed. A barbecue lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m. All participants will receive T-shirts and be entered in a raffle to receive prizes. For a map and directions, visit

400 Jobs for 400 Vets, a Veterans Day Job Expo


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oin the Large Vision Business Network Mixer (LVBNM) and a host of companies in support of offering and providing jobs for our Clark County Veterans from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., November 5, in the Suncoast Hotel & Casino Grand Ballroom, in Las Vegas. This expo is for vets, family and friends. From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. only veterans will be permitted; must show DD-214 ID. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., veterans and the public will be admitted. More than 50 companies will be on hand to recruit for more than 400 job openings; full-time, part-time and seasonal. This year, two new areas have been added: health services and educational services. The LVBNM Chefs Corner will be serving up tasty free foods, live entertainment and $2,000 in raffle drawing prizes for all attendees. Admission is free. Location: 9090 Alta Dr. For more information, call Paula or Sylvester Jackson at 702-639-6964, email or visit



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Viva Las Vegan!


he inaugural Vegan Food Festival in Las Vegas will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., November 2, at Boulder Plaza, and from 2 to 5 p.m., November 3, at the Clark County Library/Jewel Box Theater. Paul Graham, author of Eating Vegan In Vegas, will be a keynote speaker. He took the challenge to eat one vegan meal a day, in Las Vegas, for a whole year! The Viva Las Vegan Food Festival features vegan food, ethical clothing vendors, children’s activities, cruelty-free cosmetics, toiletries and healthcare products, presentations, poets, a vegan fashion show. live entertainment, speakers, food tasting, workshops and cooking demonstrations. For details, visit or

Desert Green Conference Opts for New Venue


he annual Desert Green conference, co-sponsored by the nonprofit Desert Green Foundation and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, will be held November 14 and 15 at the Springs Preserve. The theme, Sustainability in the Landscape, features five seminar tracks, tabletop displays and a green industry mixer. Keynote speaker Mary Irish is a prolific author on arid horticulture and is known for her witty, engaging presentations. A certified arborist exam preparation course is available, with the exam given on November 16. An Advanced Arboriculture track is offered in addition to the certification course with 14 CEUs for certified arborists. In addition to the arboriculture tracks, there will be tracks on Pest Management (with pesticide CEUs for Nevada, California, Arizona and Utah) Landscape Architecture, Irrigation and Water Conservation and Golf and Sports Turf Management. For more information, call Helen Stone at 702-4543057 or email For online registration, visit

Dirty Dash Done Dirt Cheap


ust when you thought Las Vegas had cornered the market on dirty, The Dirty Dash is coming to town. Whether you’re a magician, dentist, gambler, law student or part of the Rat Pack—this mud’s an equal opportunist and everyone’s dashing away filthier than a pachyderm in a pigpen. The deal goes down at 9 a.m., November 23, at Impact Quarry, in Boulder City, Nevada. Pull out that Speedo your girlfriend said was a waste of money or those gold lame hot pants you were saving for clubbing at Rain, because this year there are bigger obstacles, sloppier MCs and more mud than the gals at Gilley’s could possibly dream up. It’s all for the benefit of Special Olympics Nevada. For details and registration, visit



ohn R. Voell, father, author and visionary co-founder of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation, has served as a mentor to our family of publishers for 15 years. During John’s time with us, the Universe responded to his faithful living of the principle to love God, one’s self and others by providing fertile soil for the big ideas he relished nurturing. His books, Cancer: How to Heal It—How to Prevent It and Cancer Report, as well as his latest development project, United We Can, were just a few of the ways that John allowed himself to be an instrument of the Divine in helping humankind. John was passionate about the success of our magazine, pleased and proud that the now 90-strong family of Natural Awakenings franchise publishers touch the lives of millions of readers each month. He’s known around here for saying, “I don’t know what your spiritual beliefs are, but I believe that when I leave this world, I’m going to somehow measure my success by those I’ve helped along the way.” Those that knew and worked with him would say that he more than succeeded—he soared.

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Tanning Beds Invite Melanoma


s summer tans fade, some might feel tempted to use tanning beds to keep a “healthy glow”, but they may be less than healthy. A recent multi-country meta-study published in the British Medical Journal confirms that exposure to a tanning bed’s intense doses of ultraviolet light significantly increases the risk of cutaneous melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Of the 64,000 new melanoma cases diagnosed each year in Europe, more than 5 percent were linked by researchers to tanning bed use. Users experience a 20 percent increased relative risk of all types of skin cancer compared with those that have never used one. This risk doubles if indoor tanning starts before the age of 35, and the risk increases with every session.

Walnuts Strengthen Sperm


dding a handful of walnuts to a man’s daily diet might just increase the chance of pregnancy for couples with fertility problems. Scientists attribute male infertility as the central issue in 30 to 50 percent of the 70 million couples worldwide experiencing such difficulties. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, investigated whether increasing intake of the polyunsaturated fatty acids found in fish, flax seed and walnuts that are critical for sperm maturation and membrane function would increase sperm quality in men consuming a typical Western-style diet. They found that less than three ounces of walnuts added to a man’s daily diet improved sperm strength, size and motility (swimming ability). The men eating the walnuts also showed fewer chromosomal abnormalities in their sperm.

The Killer Called Sugar


new animal study from the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, reports daunting results. Female mice that consumed the equivalent of a human drinking three cans of soft drinks a day doubled their death rate from all causes. The study further showed that fertility rates dropped dramatically in male mice and their innate ability to defend their territory diminished. All of the sugar-saturated mice performed poorly on cognitive tests. The lab mice received a diet in which 25 percent of their total calories came from sugar (not high fructose corn syrup, which carries substantial additional health risks). That’s an amount commonly consumed in the Standard American Diet, easy to do in one sitting via a super-sized soft drink.


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osemary’s folkloric reputation for improving memory has been validated by science. UK researchers at London’s Northumbria University found that when the essential oil of rosemary was diffused into a room—a method practiced in aromatherapy—it enhanced participants’ ability to remember past events and remind themselves to do tasks planned for the future, like sending an anniversary card. Mark Moss, Ph.D., head of psychology at Northumbria, says, “We wanted to build on our previous research that indicated rosemary aroma improved long-term memory and mental arithmetic. In this study, we focused on prospective memory, which is critical for everyday functioning.” In the study, 66 people randomly assigned to either a rosemary-scented or unscented room were asked to complete a variety of tests to assess their memory functions. Those in the rosemary-scented room outperformed the control group. Blood analysis of those exposed to the rosemary aroma confirmed higher concentrations of 1,8-cineole, the oil’s compound specifically linked to memory improvement. The researchers concluded that the aroma of rosemary essential oil can enhance cognitive functioning in healthy individuals and may have implications for treating people with memory impairment. The findings were presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, in Harrogate.

Coconut Oil Swishing Protocol Prevents Periodontal Disease by Dr. Jim Wright


oconut is naturally antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. It can fight effectively against: bacteria that cause periodontal gum disease, ulcerations, throat infections and cavities; oral fungi and yeasts which cause candida and thrush; viruses that cause disease; and many other infections. In many countries around the world, coconut oil and many other forms of coconut have been used to treat maladies and modern research supports the use of coconut oil and other coconut products for improved health and healing. Coconut oil swishing, using natural organic coldpressed coconut oil one or two times each day, can naturally benefit oral health and remove bacteria from the mouth. Take one tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it back and forth in the mouth for five minutes so it will mix with saliva. Spit out the mixture and repeat two more times, for a total of 15 minutes of swishing per session. Be sure to spit out the mixture, do not swallow it. Use a disposable paper cup with a couple pieces of facial tissue to spit the coconut mixture into after each fiveminute session, and then dispose of the paper cup containing the swished mixture in a trash can. This is important because the mixture can clog drains or toilets. Organic, cold-pressed coconut oil can be purchased from stores such as Whole Foods, Stay Healthy, Trader Joes and other local health food stores.

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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

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Millennials Devote Time, Talent, Treasure Much is rightly written about how and why “millennials”, or “Generation Y”—the young people heading into the 21st century—spend their time and money. This generation is redefining the way we think about business, and conscious consumerism is now its own form of philanthropy. This age group is leading the charge by extending the premise of a moral compass to for-profit enterprises and looking for ever-more meaningful opportunities to have an impact. The trend carries fresh implications for the nonprofit sector, too, because millennials lead the way in forwarding worthy causes. When The Case Foundation partnered with Achieve, a thought leader in nonprofit millennial engagement, to produce the Millennial Impact Report, researchers surveyed more than 2,500 millennials ages 20 to 35. They found that last year, 83 percent gave a financial gift to an organization supporting a cause that resonates with their interests. Seventy-three percent volunteered for a cause that they were passionate about or felt created impact, and 70 percent are raising money for their causes both online and offline.

Frack Attack

Controversial Drilling Threatens Pacific Ocean Federal regulators have approved at least two hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, operations on oil rigs in the Santa Barbara Channel off the coast of California since 2009 without an updated environmental review that critics say may be required by federal law. Environmental advocates are concerned that regulators and the industry have not properly reviewed the potential impacts of fracking in the Pacific outer continental shelf. Fracking, a subject of heated debate, is a method of drilling that forces water, chemicals and sand deep beneath the Earth’s surface at high pressure to break up underground rock and release oil and gas. Offshore fracking is currently used to stimulate oil production in old wells and provide well-bore stability. In California, the oil company Venoco has been using fracking technology to stimulate oil production in an old well off the coast of Santa Barbara— where the public memory of the nation’s third-largest oil spill in 1969 lingers—since early 2010. Another firm recently received permission for fracking in the Santa Barbara Channel, home to the Channel Islands Marine Reserve. So far, offshore fracking is rare, but officials expect that other firms may seek to utilize the environmentally damaging technology on offshore rigs in the future. Source:


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Holy Eco-Crisis!

Deadly Fungus Destroying Bat Colonies White-nose syndrome, a disease spread by a soil fungus, G. destructans, and thought to have been carried to North America from Europe, is devastating bat colonies in the U.S. and Canada. First identified in 2006 in a population of common little brown bats in a cave 150 miles north of New York City, the malady has claimed 98 percent of the bat population there by causing them to awaken prematurely from their normal hibernation and then die from lack of food and exhaustion. A single reproductive female little brown bat can eat her weight in insects each night. A recent Canadian study valued crops potentially lost to insects that would otherwise be devoured by bats at $53 billion a year. Without the bats to keep insect numbers down, farmers may turn to greater use of pesticides. Source:

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Kids Turn Trash into Musical Instruments photo courtesy of Landfill Harmonic

Young musicians from the village of Cateura, Paraguay, a town of 2,500 families that make a living by mining the 1,500 tons of solid waste daily dumped in a local landfill, have started making musical instruments from the debris. Favio Chávez, an ecological technician and trained musician, was inspired to teach the local children to play music in an orchestra. He says, “The world sends us garbage, we send back music.” A documentary, Landfill Harmonic, is in production and a 30-member Recycled Orchestra has performed in Argentina, Brazil and Germany. The message is that like other natural resources, children living in poverty have redeeming value and should not be deemed worthless. Watch videos at and


Bamboo Fabric a Product of Greenwashing At least one dealer in sustainable products has taken a stand against bamboo fabric, which most people associate with bamboo lumber, a rapidly renewable resource that requires fewer pesticides to grow than other crops. Laura Mathews, of Eco Promotional Products, Inc., in Washington state, cites the Federal Trade Commission’s report: “The truth is, most bamboo textile products, if not all, really are rayon, which typically is made using environmentally toxic chemicals. While different plants, including bamboo, can be used as a source material to create rayon, there’s no trace of the original plant in the finished rayon product.” Mathews says that her company has discontinued selling bamboo clothing and all other items made from bamboo fabric. She notes, “It’s the responsibility of everyone to vet these and other similar terms to ensure that the ecofriendly product you’re putting your purchasing power behind is actually eco-friendly.” Source:

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Chipotle’s Identifies GMO Ingredients Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not require the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GM or GMO) used as ingredients in any food, the Chipotle Mexican Grill national fast food restaurant chain has chosen to do so, on the way to eliminating them from its menu altogether. They have already switched fryers from using soybean oil, almost always made from genetically modified sources, to sunflower oil, which is not. With 1,400 locations, Chipotle reports that its labeling system reflects that it does use GMO soybean oil in some of its products and that most of the grain used to feed its animals for meat and dairy is GMO corn. The chain’s success in this effort may also prompt other fast food outlets to follow suit. natural awakenings

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Enlightenment and Vegetarianism Coincide at Govinda’s Center by Jorge Camara


n 2002, Surapal and Krishnamayi Das, a couple from Europe, established the nonprofit Govinda’s Center of Vedic India, a unique spiritual oasis where one can relax in the atmosphere of peace and tranquility by diving into the mystery of higher consciousness and spiritualism, in Las Vegas. Govinda’s is known for a unique gift shop that features authentic spiritual items, yogic clothing and a collection of books and videos that document the Vedic perspective on metaphysics, yoga, parapsychology, cross-cultural cosmology, archeology, genetics, out-of-body experiences and more. The center is part of a worldwide educational institution (ISKCON) based on the ancient culture of India and the transcendental knowledge of the Vedic literature. Surapal and Krishnamayi are spiritual counselors versed in mindfulness and holistic healing processes that originate from the Vedic wisdom of ancient India. On the basis of the classical yogic texts of India, known as the Vedas, the couple provides


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various practical methods for achieving inner peace, satisfaction and fulfillment in life. For more than 10 years, the pair has helped pivot the lives of many in the community toward a life of greater meaning. They have dedicated more than three decades of their lives practicing the transcendental science of self-realization, known in Sanskrit as bhakti yoga, the yoga of the highest pleasure. According to some, no other meditation technique had been as healing and long lasting as the illuminating practice of mantra meditation, which lies at the heart of bhakti yoga. In the midst of a Polish communist regime, Surapal was a young martial artist who cultivated a strong desire to protect the innocent citizens of Poland with martial art skills and legal justice. During his preparation for law school, Surapal attended three bhakti yoga presentations by Vedic monks. He was inspired to begin practicing bhakti yoga himself and his focus changed. Fascinated by his own personal growth and advancement in mindfulness, he

readily accepted the vedic lifestyle of self-improvement, experiencing his own awakening of higher consciousness which allowed him to relish his own inner peace. In order to escape the brinks of communism and to fully immerse himself in the art, Surapal lived on a farm community for six years. During this time of training he developed an intense desire to share this gift with others. When communism collapsed in 1986, Surapal traveled all around Poland, planting the seeds of bhakti in the hearts of those who were seeking a peaceful and happy lifestyle. He spent the next decade teaching and enlightening diverse crowds throughout Europe. During his travels, he met his wife, Krishnamayi, who was also inspired to readily accept the Vedic lifestyle as her own. In 1998, the couple moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and Surapal served as president for one of the largest bhakti yoga centers in America. Three years later they established a center in Las Vegas that would introduce the community to the Vedic lifestyle. Surapala and Krishnamayi continue to offer guidance in spiritual life and personal growth. Every Sunday at 6 p.m., Govinda’s Center provides a free vegetarian love feast with an introductory bhakti yoga presentation, which includes a mantra meditation session and a Bhagavad-Gita As It Is class. In addition, the center also hosts a Bhagavad-Gita As It Is study group on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. that begins with mantra meditation and finishes with a vegetarian dinner. Govinda’s Center also has a vegan/vegetarian dinner club that provides healthy and delicious meals to the community every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Jorge Camara is a senior at UNLV studying journalism and media with an emphasis on Vedic wisdom, holistic health and ecological awareness. He has been practicing science of bhakti yoga for two years. The center is located at 7181 Dean Martin Dr. For more information, call 702-434 8332 or visit



A Taproot of Happiness

Be Thankful

by Leo Babauta

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?


f the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘Thank you,’ that would suffice,” a maxim first voiced by mystic Meister Eckhart, has held true through the centuries. Why should this simple act mean so much? Expressing gratitude works wonders. Gratitude reminds us to recognize good people in our life. They range from loved ones to those that render a kindness to a stranger. Treasuring goodness in every form brings more of it into our experience. Gratitude turns bad things into good things. Having problems at work? Be grateful to be employed and serving others. Challenges keep life interesting, enhance judgment and strengthen character. Gratitude reminds us of what’s important. Being grateful to have a healthy family and friends, a home and food on the table puts smaller worries in perspective. Gratitude reminds you to say, “Thank you.” Call, email or stop by to say thanks… it takes just a few minutes to express our reason for doing so. People like being appreciated. It creates a satisfying beam of mutual happiness that shines on.

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Here are some ways to overcome any initial discomfort felt in stepping forward to thank others.

Create a morning gratitude session. Take a few minutes each morning to close your eyes, silence the to-dos and give thanks to whomever and whatever is cause for gratitude. Show thanks. Sometimes we think about something helpful or kind that someone did for us recently or long ago. Make a note, call them up or even better, tell them in person with sincere conviction why you continue to be grateful and appreciative. Another option is a thank-you card or email—keep it short and sweet. See the silver lining even in “negative” situations. There are always two ways to look at something. We can perceive something as stressful, harmful, sad, unfortunate and difficult, or look for the good embedded in just about everything. Problems held in a positive light from a different perspective can be opportunities to grow and to be creative in devising a solution. Learn a gratitude prayer. Many songs and prayers, religious or not, serve to remind us to be grateful. Find or write a special one and post it in a highly visible spot. Leo Babauta is the founder of the simplicity blog,, and author of bestselling e-books Focus, The Little Guide to Un-Procrastination and Zen to Done.

Be thankful when you don’t know something for it gives you the opportunity to learn. Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times, you grow. Be thankful for your limitations because they give you opportunities for improvement. Be thankful for each new challenge because it will build your strength and character. Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons. Be thankful when you’re tired and weary because it means you’ve made a difference. It is easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks. Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings. ~ Author unknown

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The Path to Inner Peace 12 Steps to Spiritual Awakening by Michael A. Singer


pirituality is meant to bring about harmony and peace. But the diversity of our philosophies, beliefs, concepts and views about spiritual matters often leads to confusion or even conflict. The fact is that the very act of seeking spiritual freedom causes notions of success and failure, and these notions serve only to bind us to our own self-judgments: Am I growing? Have I done anything wrong? Am I meditating enough? Truth is only complicated because we pass it through our habitual thought patterns. When we step back from ourselves, truth becomes simple. There are not many paths to freedom; there is only one. In the end, no matter what particular patterns of thought we have managed to build in our minds, freedom always means transcending these personal thought patterns. So how does one go about transcending the personal self and awakening to spiritual freedom? What is needed for this journey are succinct steps that are so universal that they can echo through the halls of any religion as well as support intellectual understanding. The following is a universal road map to Self-Realization.


Realize that you are in there. You must first come to realize that you are in there. From deep inside, you


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are experiencing this world. You are experiencing your physical body, your thoughts and your emotions. You are conscious and you are experiencing what it is like to be human.


Understand that you are not okay in there. Look to see what’s going on inside. If you want to understand why you’ve done everything you have ever done, if you want to see what’s really going on, just observe your mind and emotions—just experience your inner state. If you objectively look, you will see that you are never completely at peace. You will see that you are not okay in there.


Notice that you’re always trying to be okay. At any point when you look at the state of your inner being, you will see that something is bothering you. You will then notice that this causes urges, drives and impulses to do something about it. You will find yourself constantly trying to either get something or avoid something. All of this is done in an attempt to be okay.


Watch as your mind strives to figure out how everything needs to be for you to be okay. If you watch, you will see that your mind is always telling you what you should and should not do, what others should and should not

do and how things should and should not be. All of this is the mind’s attempt to first create a conceptual model of what would make you okay, and then try to get the outside world to match it.


Realize that the process of defining how the outside needs to be is not going to make you okay. You must seriously look at this process of trying to be okay. You’ve been at it your entire life—you’ve just tried different things at different times. While it’s true that sometimes you manage to make it better for short periods of time, you know that you’ve never even come close to reaching a state of permanent peace. Watch very closely how you react to the things your mind has preferences about. You will see that if your mind gets what it wants, you feel joy; if it doesn’t get what it wants, you feel disturbance. Likewise, when your mind experiences what it doesn’t want, you feel disturbance, and when it avoids what it doesn’t want, you feel relief. You will never be okay playing this game because the world will never match the conceptual model your mind has made up. Eventually, you will come to see that struggling to be okay does not work. At some point, you will try to find a different way to be okay in there.


Learn to not participate in the mind’s struggle to be okay. This step is about learning to sit in as the witness, the part of you that notices the inner urges to be okay. You must become comfortable with sitting in there and not participating in the inner energies. You learn to relax in the midst of them. You come to see that there is a habitual process in which the moment you feel inner disturbance, you are drawn into doing something about it. You must learn to sit inside and not participate in this process. If you truly understand that going outside to try to be okay inside doesn’t work, then you’ll be willing to sit inside and simply allow the disturbance to pass through. It is not difficult. If you can do this, all disturbance will cease by itself.


Go about your life just like everyone else, except that nothing you

do is for the purpose of trying to be okay. If you aren’t so preoccupied with trying to be okay, you will be free to sit inside and quietly love, serve and honor whatever naturally unfolds in front of you. When you reach this point, you are no longer living for yourself. You are interacting with life, but not for the purpose of being okay.


As you sincerely let go of the inner energies you are watching, you begin to feel a deeper energy come in from behind. Up to this point, everything you were watching inside was in front of you. But now that you are no longer being drawn into those personal energies, you’ll realize that your inner universe is actually very expansive. You will begin to feel Spirit flow in from behind. It lifts you and brings you great love and joy.


Your inner experience becomes so beautiful that you fall in love with the energy flow, and you develop a very deep and personal relationship with it. It will become completely clear to you that there is a direct trade-off between your personal energies and the amount of Spirit that you feel. The more you get drawn into your personal energies, the less Spirit you feel; the less you participate in your personal energies, the more Spirit you feel. You now have a direct relationship with the spiritual energy, and you will find yourself constantly longing to experience it.

entire life is about Spirit, yet people, places and things continue to interact with you. The difference is that these interactions require none of your energy. They happen naturally, by themselves, leaving you at peace and absorbed in Spirit.


Now you are truly okay and nothing inside or outside of you can cause disturbance—you have come to be at peace with it all. Because you are now completely okay, you don’t need anything. Things just are what they are. At this point, you know yourself as Self. The world, mind and heart cannot disturb you. You’ve transcended them all. What is more, instead of feeling drawn into Spirit, you now actually experience yourself as Spirit. You have no boundaries in time or space. You have always existed and you will always exist. You have no form, shape, gender or body. You simply are, have always been and will always be—Infinite Spirit. Michael A. Singer is the author of The New York Times bestselling book, The Untethered Soul – The Journey Beyond Yourself (, which is the basis for this article. He is the founder of the Temple of the Universe, a yoga and meditation center established in 1975 in Alachua, FL.


You begin to feel the energy pulling you up into it, and your entire path becomes letting go of yourself in order to merge. Will is no longer needed. Now your path is strictly about releasing yourself into the pull of the higher energy. You must surrender deeply enough to be able to overcome the fear of losing your connection to the personal self. You must to be willing to die to be reborn.


Once you get far enough back into the energy, you realize that your personal life can go on without you, leaving you free to become immersed in Spirit. This is the greatest miracle: You’ve surrendered and your natural awakenings

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Message in a Bottle by Gabrielle Wyant


as Vegas residents Sarah and Trey Castagno transform discarded wine, champagne and liquor bottles into beautifully colored and scented soy wax candles, adding their own label, Rehab Bottle Co. – Giving Bottles a Second Chance. They also give bottles a new purpose by flattening them into trays or wall decorations and cutting them into glassware and luminaries. Once a candle has been burned completely, users can clean it out to make a drinking glass to keep the upcycling in motion. Or, turn the bottle into a luminary by placing a tea light candle inside. What was once just a piece of garbage has now been given new generations of purpose. From once seeing a Grey Goose vodka bottle made into a drinking glass, the Castagnos were inspired to create the same from the wine bottles they collected during their American Wine Society meetings. Their interest grew and by taking online tutorials, they learned to create eco-friendly, renewable and non-toxic candles. Rehab Bottle Co. candles are made of 100 percent soy wax, a slower- and cooler-burning variety that produces a

longer-lasting candle. Each Rehab Bottle Co. candle is scented to mimic the flavors and aromas of a favorite wine, champagne or liquor, including a line of men’s candles in tobacco/vanilla and whiskey. The Aroma “Therapy” Series candles are sweet blends deliciously scented and free of pesticides, carcinogens and toxins. Current scents include Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. The Castagnos also create flattened bottles that are just as functional as they are fun and decorative, serving as an excellent and unique way to preserve cherished memories. Strategic cuts and careful polishing turn discarded bottles into glasses, tumblers, bowls and vases. The “rocks” glasses and tumblers are, according to the Castagnos, “full of joy, even after the last drop.” They are a fun way to enjoy your favorite drink straight from the bottle. Rehab Bottle Co. takes custom orders, providing an opportunity to transform a bottle from a special occasion into a work of art.

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BRIGHT How Wheat, Carbs and Sugar are Affecting Your Brain Health by Linda Sechrist


lzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia and a general term for memory loss and other intellectual disabilities serious enough to interfere with daily life, affects 5.6 million Americans. According to The Lancet Neurology, a well-respected medical journal on brain research, Alzheimer’s, which presently has no cure, is preventable. “Lifestyle choices, like aerobic exercise and eating plenty of healthy fats and reducing carbohydrates, affect overall brain health, as well as the risk of Alzheimer’s,” says Dr. David Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist and author of the new bestselling book, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar—Your Brain’s Silent Killers. Food is a powerful epigenetic modulator—it can enable or hamper our DNA, thus regulating the expression of many genes. Experts have only begun to understand the damaging consequences of wheat consumption. “Grain Brain is a timely wake-up call about how we are increasingly challenging human physiology by consuming what we are not genetically prepared to process, like the 133 pounds of wheat the average American eats annually,” says Perlmutter. He believes that one of the main culprits for the decline in brain health in modern times has been the introduction of wheat into the human diet. Today’s modernized and hybridized wheat crops share little genetic, structural or chemical similarity to the


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wild einkorn variety of grain our ancestors “A hallmark of what I term studies that correlate blood sugar control consumed in small amounts. to disease processes like Alzheimer’s, mild grain brain is that brain cognitive impairment and coronary artery In the West, 20 percent of calories come from wheat-based food. Perlmutdysfunction is predicated disease. The researchers concluded that elter is among those that regard this as a hemoglobin A1C is directly associon the inflammation from evated dangerous statistic, especially since Dr. ated with brain shrinkage, says Perlmutter. Alessio Fasano, a pediatric gastroenteroloconsumption of gluten, He further notes, “The function of gist and research scientist who leads the as well as the long chains the brain, which is 60 to 70 percent fat Center for Celiac Research & Treatment at and maintained by the fats you consume, Massachusetts General Hospital, in Bosof sugar molecules known depends on its environment.” Grain Brain ton, found that the gluten in wheat leads recommends a diet that’s aggressively low as carbohydrates.” to the production of zonulin in the gut. in carbohydrates (60 grams per day) and Zonulin increases the permeability ~ Dr. David Perlmutter bountiful in supportive brain fats. These of the intestinal wall, allowing proteins include extra-virgin olive oil, sesame oil, to leak from the gut into the bloodstream, explains Perlmutcoconut oil, ghee, almond milk, avocados, olives, nuts, nut ter. These proteins, which would normally remain within the butters, cheese and seeds such as flaxseed, sunflower, pumpdigestive system, then challenge parts of the immune system, the macro fascia and certain other types of white blood cells that in- kin, sesame and chia. It is also rich in above-ground vegetables such as kale, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts crease production of inflammation-related chemicals. “Zonulin and salad greens, while relatively low in below-ground vegis the cornerstone of diseases characterized by inflammation in etables like beets, carrots and potatoes, which are higher in the brain—Alzheimer’s, autism, Parkinson’s and attention deficit disorders—as well as autoimmune diseases,” advises Perlmutter. carbohydrates. It also calls for reduced fruit consumption. “Having two to four servings of fruit every day, based on Fasano’s research shows that such a reaction to zonulin is America’s present food pyramid, is not helpful. More in line present in 100 percent of humans—not just in the 1.8 percent with avoiding brain drain is an apple or a handful of berries, or of the population that have celiac disease or 30 percent that about 100 calories worth of any fruit. In my opinion, the pyraare gluten sensitive. “A hallmark of what I term grain brain is mid needs to be stood on its head,” advises Perlmutter. “We that brain dysfunction is predicated on the inflammation from should eat a diet similar to what our ancestors survived on for consumption of gluten, as well as the long chains of sugar molecules known as carbohydrates,” says Perlmutter. “This 2.6 million years and reprogram support of our genetic destiny includes fruit, which also was consumed in limited quantifor the better.” ties by our ancestors.” He cites a published analysis by Loren Dr. David Perlmutter is a board-certified neurologist, Fellow of Cordain, Ph.D., author of The Paleo Diet. the American College of Nutrition and author of Grain Brain. A diet high in carbohydrates has been directly related to For more information on his 2013 PBS Grain Brain series, visit atrophy, or brain shrinkage, according to a recent German study by University of Bonn researchers, published in Neurology. A Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. blood test for hemoglobin A1C, the standard laboratory meaVisit for the recorded interview. surement to assess average blood sugar, is frequently used in

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The Miracle of Midlife Being Exactly Who We Need to Be by Marianne Williamson


ow would we live, were we not afraid of death? How would we live if we gave ourselves permission to give to life everything we’ve got? In The Longevity Factor, Lydia Brontë, Ph.D., observes that we’ve added 15 years to our lives… but in the middle, not at the end. No longer identifying ourselves as “over the hill” at whatever age, we are simply removing the hill. We are forging a different conversation and a new vision to take us beyond the limited thought forms that have defined the parameters of age for generations. For the first time in history, we can realistically view the first half of life as a kind of gestation period, preparing us for an even more productive second half. Midlife is like a second puberty, a point at which one persona falls away and another comes to take its place. What happens then is up to us. Some begin a long, slow cruise toward death at that point, allowing memories to become more meaningful than the present. Others, remembering that the spirit within us never ages, see the moment of midlife as a rebirth— the time to put our engines into high gear. Whomever it is we were born to be, whatever our soul was coded to accomplish, whatever lessons we are here to learn; now is the time to


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seriously get going. We may regret that we’re no longer young, but we’re ecstatic that we’re no longer clueless. We must be disciplined, though. We want to become precision instruments now, focused on exactly what we want to do and being exactly who we need to be. This requires separating from the person we were before to whatever extent that person was not who we know in our hearts we were created to be. There’s no more time for five-year detours. No more time for relationships that don’t serve us or for staying in situations that aren’t true to who we are. No more time for pettiness, false pride or whatever other dysfunctional roadblocks obstruct our higher destiny and the joy that’s meant to be ours. Our life might not be as fabulous as it used to be in some ways, but in other ways it’s even more fabulous. The Universe is constantly and infinitely elastic, responding not to our past, but to our present state of mind. As we learn to reprogram thoughts—atoning for our mistakes of the past and embracing the endless miraculous possibilities of the present—we step into a time when we have every reason to look forward with genuine excitement to what happens next.

Individually and collectively, we are now fitted to fearlessly forge new ground, wielding the power of what life has taught us so far and laying claim to the possibility of redemption, not only for ourselves, but also for the entire world. The planet needs a new story, aligned with a larger consciousness, and so do we. What we need now are imagination and courage. Many of us feel we’ve forever carried around a secret dream, rarely validating it even to ourselves and often denying its reality. Yet it has refused to go away and is ready to be born at last. Individuals that have spent decades achieving one thing or moving in one direction often take up something else entirely that gives them far more psychic satisfaction. They see achievements that were the height of their material success as preparation for an even greater one; the means by which they learned the skills ultimately needed to make their biggest contribution to the world. Divine law guarantees that the power of “now” presents an endless fount of miraculous opportunities. In God, there are no limits to how high we can go, ever. In God, there is no time… only the call of the soul. It is not too late; we are right on time and we are better than we know. Now, having visited so many other places in our journey of life, we seek our place within the collective heartbeat of holiness. When enough of us stand in the light of our higher purpose, seeking to be ever-greater servants of love, each consciously dedicated to creating a more loving world, then a new field of collective possibility will emerge among us. All that is not love will begin to fall away of its own dead weight. A profound moment of planetary renewal will occur then, after our having allowed it first to occur within us. Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed inspirational author and lecturer. Six of her 10 books have been New York Times bestsellers, including The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife, the basis for this article.

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High Blood Pressure Affected by Potassium and Magnesium Intake by Dr. Daniel F. Royal

Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure, which is measured by two numbers—the high systolic (pumping) and the lower diastolic (resting) pressures. Normal blood pressure should be below 140/90. Almost 90 percent of people have high blood pressure with no specific explanation. The vast majority of people with hypertension have no symptoms at all, which is why it has been termed the “silent killer”.


ardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. Untreated high blood pressure greatly increases the likelihood of dying from a heart attack, stroke, heart failure or kidney damage. Picture the heart and arteries as a plumbing system. An increase in the pressure load causes the pump to work a lot harder and as time goes on, it is more likely to fail. The pounding on the pipes also leads to breakdown and leakage. So our goal is to lower the pressure and help the system last longer, in effect preventing the complications, rather than treating them. Blood pressure is markedly affected by our emotional state and the level of stress. Chronic stress and anxiety can keep the pressure up over a long period of time and this can cause problems. If our life is chronically stressful, changes should be made to relax and bring the pressure down. Because the blood pressure may change as much as 20 to 30 points in a few minutes, no single reading is accurate. It is best to take it at the same time of day, in the


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he eighth annual Pet Blessing and Animal Fair will be held in the Healing Garden of St. Rose Dominican Hospital San Martin campus, in Las Vegas, from 1 to 3 p.m., November 9. Treat pets to a fun day with group pet blessing at 2:30 p.m., pet-related information booths, contests, demonstrations, drawings, light refreshments and prizes for best dressed, best trick and best pet/owner look-alike. St. Martin was known for his all-embracing love, shown equally to humans and animals alike. He even maintained a dog and cat hospital at his sister’s residence, proving a dedication to our furry friends. His death occurred on November 3, 1639, and his canonization took place on May 6, 1962. Participants are urged to bring clean towels, new or used, to donate to area shelters. Location: 8280 West Warm Springs Rd., Las Vegas. For more information, call 702-492-8555.

This is the second annual group art show and benefit supporting local animal rescues at 6 p.m., November 23, at Blackbird Studios, in Las Vegas. The event includes musical guest Pale Antiques and surprise guests, live art by Recycles Propaganda, Joseph Watson, sektorSeven, DeadGirls and Robots, Casey Haugen and Mowgli Art. All donated artwork will be available via silent auction. A donation drop-box will be on site. C.A.T.S., Inc. ( and Southern Nevada Bully Breed Rescue ( request blankets, towels and unopened pet food. Entry is free. Cover for music is $5. Location: 1551 South Commerce St., Las Vegas. For more information, contact Mike Korn at

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uster came to us for a reason,” says Amy Burkert. “My husband, Rod, and I were walking our Shar-Pei, Ty, in our Philadelphia neighborhood when a man warned us about ‘a big, black dog’ in the alley. The friendly fellow came home with us and after a fruitless search for his family, we decided to make him part of ours.” In 2009, when the couple encountered difficulty finding a vacation hotel that would accept their new 70-pound German shepherd as an overnight guest, they decided to launch, a website that assists in finding travel accommodations for families with dogs and other pets. Selling their house in Pennsylvania and hitting the road in a 24-foot-long RV, they’ve now traveled to 47 states to research and qualify content for the website; Rod works from “home” and Amy writes the weblog. Their travel schedule flexes, with most stops lasting one to three weeks. “It’s not the life two accountants were banking on, but we couldn’t be happier,” she says, “and we owe it all to Buster.” The site now lists more than 60,000 hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, beaches, dog parks and activities across the U.S. and Canada, plus a road trip planner. “I woke up one morning and thought, ‘I can’t find a husband, so I’ll get a dog,’” says BJ Gallagher, a sociologist and award-winning author. “I’d lived in my Los Angeles house for 16 years and knew none of the neighbors. Within six months of adopting Fannie from a shelter, I’d met them

all. Thanks to her, I’ve become a fullfledged member of my community.” Fannie’s Chinese heritage includes chow and Pekingese breeds. Transformations can come from more unusual pets, as well. Soon after Susan M. Tellem, a registered nurse in Malibu, California, gifted her husband, Marshall, with two tortoises for his birthday, the couple discovered there was no national protection program for the reptiles. They started American Tortoise Rescue (, an organization that has been rescuing, rehabilitating and providing sanctuary to more than 3,000 water turtles and land tortoises since 1990. Their education and awareness initiatives for humane treatment have gone international, as well. It was a bird that rescued April Leffingwell. She had been dealing with a severe back injury that necessitated pain medication and kept her from regular work for six months when she and her husband visited a local Los Angeles pet store, “to get out of the house.” She was touched by seeing a large Moluccan cockatoo that was afflicted with a damaged claw. Her husband recognized how she related to the bird’s condition and brought Izzi home the next day. Now with just one leg, Izzi has learned to sleep while lying down to rest his other limb. “Izzi and I found each other when we were both broken,” she says. “We’ve become each other’s source of strength. If he can live with only one leg, I can live through pain.” When members of the armed forces deploy, they often have to find alternate living arrangements for pets and may not always be successful. Kimberly Gauthier, a blogger at Keep, and her ex-Army partner are securing funding and laying plans to foster dogs for deployed soldiers. Emailing updates and Skype visits will aim to boost the morale of both the dog and serviceman or woman. The couple lives on five acres in Marysville, Washington. An animal-enriched environment has proved to be helpful for author Kathy Rowe, a 20-year veteran retired

from the military, and her husband, Scott, who also retired from Air Force service that included Special Forces duty. They have chosen to live on a 100-acre farm in Tyner, Kentucky. Kathy believes their variety of resident rescued animals, including dogs, cats, chickens, turkeys and a potbelly pig, all help Scott in dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder. Riding, working with and grooming his horse, Quint, is particularly helpful. “My husband is less frustrated,

has better focus, is less jumpy and has fewer flashbacks than he used to,” relates Rowe. “Knowing that our rescue dog, Lola, is guarding the farm, he feels he can sleep better because she has his back.” Humans rescue animals, but animals show up for a reason—most humans can use some rescuing, as well. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy of St. Louis, MO, at StLSandy@

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daily Nevada SPCA Little Critter Adoption – 9am8pm. Adoptions for Little Critters. At times, AYS may have bunnies, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, degus, more. Visit Nevada, a nonprofit, non-kill shelter, to help with a donation or learn more. At Your Service Pet Supplies & Grooming, 55 S Valle Verde Dr, 100, HD. 702-4980416.


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The Dog House Adoptions – 11am-2pm. Extraordinary animals will be on display and available for adoption. Tivoli Village, 302 S Rampart Blvd, LV.

monday Pet Loss & Bereavement Support Group – 6:307:30pm. Coping with loss of a pet can be difficult and lonely. Dr. Susan Wheeler shares answers with those who are grieving. Small and caring weekly support group in an atmosphere of emotional support and growth. Free. Community Lutheran Church, 3720 E Tropicana. 24-hour phone: 702735-5544.

saturday Paws 4 Love Pet Rescue Adoptions – 10am-3pm. Promotes lifelong relationships between people and companion animals. Shelter and care is provided for each precious life until adopted into a forever loving home. Petsmart, 531 N Stephanie, HD. 702560-8622.

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Adopt a Rescue Pet – 10am-3pm. Sat-Sun. Largest animal rescue groups, providing safe haven for dogs of abuse, neglect or homelessness. Houses dogs in its programs in foster homes, local boarding facilities and at its “under development” rescue ranch and retirement facility. Petsmart, 2140 N Rainbow Blvd, LV. Petsmart, 171 N Nellis Blvd, LV. 702-798-8663. Petsmart, 6980 N 5th St, LV. Adoption Open House – 10am-5pm. Come meet adorable adoptables waiting for foster or forever homes. Over 30 beautiful, healthy dogs are waiting for homes. All adoptions include free

training. 3652 Procyon St, LV. Southern Nevada Bully Breed Rescue, 702-483-7487, The Samadhi Legacy Foundation, 702-768-2383. Those Left Behind Foundation Adoptions – 11am-3pm. Provides a home for pets of people entering assisted living facilities or hospice and can no longer care for their animals. Helps abandoned, abused and unwanted animals. Educates about the importance of caring for animals. Petco, 7731 W Tropical Pkwy, LV. 702-630-8523. Happy Home Animal Sanctuary Adoptions – 11am-4pm. Sat-Sun. A no-kill, no cage, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the lives of abandoned and homeless cats and dogs. Offers care and a peaceful living environment for abused, physically handicapped, aged or homeless animals. Petsmart, 9869 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702-203-4134. All Fur Love Animal Society Adoptions – 12-4pm. Petco, 3890 Blue Diamond Rd, LV. Petco, 632 Marks, HD. 702-362-5617.


Las Vegas Hot-Diggity Dachshund Club & Rescue Adoption Event – 10am-2pm. “Saving the world one wiener at a time.” At Your Service Pet Supplies, 55 S Valle Verde, 300, HD.


Forever Home Family Picnic & 4K-9 Run – 9am. Las Vegas’ one-of-a-kind dog-friendly event and 4K run. Use code “LVPET” to score $5 off race registration. Sunset Park, 2601 E Sunset Rd, LV.


Tails & Trails Event – 10am-4pm. The Springs Preserve is going to the dogs featuring unguided hikes for humans and their canine friends. A day of canine-friendly fun. The Springs Preserve, 333 S Valley View Blvd, LV. Las Vegas Hot-Diggity Dachshund Club & Rescue Adoption Event – 11am-2pm. “Saving the world one wiener at a time.” Petsmart, 9775 W Charleston Blvd, LV.


Las Vegas Hot-Diggity Dachshund Club & Rescue Adoption Event – 11am-2pm. “Saving the world one wiener at a time.” Tivoli Village, 440 S Rampart, LV.



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Community HU – 7:30-8pm. Open the heart to divine love and experience uplifting joy, healing, relaxation and spiritual connection. Free. Naturally Organic Center, 1171 S Buffalo, LV. 702-224-4325.


Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health - Caregiver Lecture – 2-3pm. “Caring for a Loved One with Memory Loss.” Neurocognitive disorders (Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis) impact everyone involved in care and support. Learn valuable information about social services, education programs, resources available and free to caregivers. Questions answered. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 West Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964. Stress, Anxiety & Depression – 2-3:30pm. Why people suffer from these conditions; how daily life, health and longevity are affected; when to seek help; role of drugs and prescription medications; these issues and more will be discussed by Dr. Tikva Butler. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 West Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964. Holifood Festival – 6-9pm. This family-friendly event is a big enjoyable feast. A hill of food with 108 preparations, all vegetarian and karma-free. Plus mantra music and storytelling from the scriptures of ancient India. $10. Govinda’s Center of Vedic India, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702 4348332.


Create the Holiday Season You Want Series – 12-1pm. Learn how to create the desired holiday season with Music Medicine experiential. This four-class series well prepares one to embrace the holidays with love and enthusiasm. Taught by Music 4 Life Wellness Coordinator Amy Frost. $10. Free/Club members. Music 4 Life Health Club, 2975 S Rainbow Blvd, Ste B, LV. 702-889-2881.


Creating Healthy Lifestyles: Holiday StressPrevention – 3-5pm. Music 4 Life’s gift to the community with special performances, holiday stress-prevention gift ideas and tools to build happiness. Presenters: Judith Pinkerton, Amy Frost, Mikki Wade. Children welcome with in-seat behavior. RSVP: CreatingHealthyLifestyles.Eventbrite. com/. Free. Music 4 LifeHealth Club & Training Center, 2975 S Rainbow Blvd, Ste B, LV. 702-8892881.


Good Agricultural Practices Training – 8am5pm. Nov 14-15. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and Nevada Department of Agriculture hosts the Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Training, focusing on farm food safety practices related to fruit and vegetable production. $20. Cooperative Extension, Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road, LV. 775- 293-6599.

Rose Society Meeting – 7-9pm. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the South Valley Rose Society collaborate to offer educational meetings throughout the fall. November’s topic is: New Rose Varieties for 2014: Mary deCesare, Consulting Rosarian and Master Gardener. Free. Cooperative Extension, Lifelong Learning Center, 8050Paradise Rd, LV. 702-257-5555.


HealthRHYTHMS Drum Circle – 6:30-7:30pm. HealthRHYTHMS is a research-based group drumming protocol demonstrating significant health benefits, including a boost to the immune system, reduction in stress, burnout rates and improvement in mood states. HealthRhythms Drum Circle Facilitator. Drums provided. For more info visit: $10. Free/Club members. Music 4 Life Health Club, 2975 S Rainbow Blvd, Ste B, LV. 702-889-2881.

Brain Solutions Free Seminar – 6:30pm;10:30am on Sat, Nov 16. Get help for anxiety, learning issues, ADD, focus/attention, sensory integration, Tourette’s Syndrome, ASD issues and more. No medication, lasting results.Free seminars show the science of neuroplasticity can help. RSVP. Free. Brain Solutions Inc, 8515 Edna Ave, Ste 110 (entrance through main lobby), LV. 702-340-2248.


Happy Hour Drumming – 7-8pm. No cocktails needed while drumming as we beat drums to the rhythm of happiness making new friends. Drums provided. Facilitated by G Eric Miles. $10. Free/Club members. Music 4 Life Health Club, 2975 S Rainbow Blvd, Ste B, LV. 702-889-2881.

Intuitive Business Networking Group –5:158:30pm.First Tues. Business 360 is a networking group for professionals that offers a variety of networking opportunities for the professional in the Las Vegas Valley. This is a speed networking happy hour. $25. Sedona, 9580 W Flamingo, LV. 702-706-4383.


Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner – 3-8pm. A delicious vegan Thanksgiving dinner will be served. For full menu and to purchase tickets, please visit $14/advance. $20/door.Govinda's Center, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332.


Energy Healing Circle – 7:30-8:30pm. Circle of healing for self and planet. “Give a healing. Receive a healing.” Love donations accepted. Free. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-467-2472.


Holiday Cooking w/Essential Oils – 2-4pm. An amazing class to learn how to make holiday cooking easier, healthier and even more delicious than ever. Must RSVP. Free. Transformations, 3920 Amy Marie Ct, LV.

Community Drum Circle – 3-4:30pm. Enjoy a large community drumming experience, building one strong voice with many. All ages welcome. Bring a drum or drums provided. $10/single. $25/ family of 4. Free/Club members. Music 4 Life Health Club & Training Center, 2975 S Rainbow Blvd, Ste B, LV. 702-889-2881.

Past Lives, Dreams & Soul Travel Book Discussion – 4-5pm. Understand the true self through past lives recalls, discover the meaning of one’s life through dreams. Free. The Spirit Within U, 4780 W Ann Rd, Ste 4, NLV.

Spiritual Experiences Discussion – 7-8pm. Understand the purpose of spiritual experiences and discover new spiritual adventures in daily life. Free. Naturally Organic Center, 1171 S Buffalo, LV. 702-224-4325.


Create the Holiday Season You Want Series – 12-1pm. Learn how to create the desired holiday season with Music Medicine experiential. This four-class series begins Nov 7, well-prepares one to embrace the holidays with love and enthusiasm. Taught by Music 4 Life Wellness Coordinator Amy Frost. $10. Free/Club members. Music 4 Life Health Club, 2975 S Rainbow Blvd, Ste B, LV. 702-889-2881.

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Spiritual Experiences Discussion – 7-8pm. Understand the purpose of spiritual experiences and discover new spiritual adventures in daily life. Free. Naturally Organic Center, 1171 S Buffalo, LV. 702-224-4325.


Annual Holiday Guitar Concert – 7-8:30pm . A night of enchanting holiday music performed by the Guitar Society of Las Vegas and Las Vegas Academy for the Performing Arts students. All music performed on guitars representing all ages and an eclectic variety of music. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964.


Business Start-Up Orientation – 11am-12:30pm. This seminar, the first step between dream and reality, is designed to help the entrepreneur in early planning stage to determine the feasibility of the idea, the market niche, government regulations and financing needs. Facilitated by Anna Siefert Business Development Advisor. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-5073964. Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health - Caregiver Lecture – 2-3pm.“Caring for a Loved One with Memory Loss”. Neurocognitive disorders (Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis) impact everyone involved in care and support. Valuable information about social services, education programs, resources available and free to caregivers. Questions answered. Free. West Charleston Library, 6301 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702-507-3964. Community HU – 7:30-8pm. Open the heart to divine love and experience uplifting joy, healing, relaxation and spiritual connection. Free. Naturally Organic Center, 1171 S Buffalo, LV. 702-224-4325.



New Year, New You Wholistic Health Fair Sponsored by the Wholistic Health Team, this event features holistic vendors, natural skin care products, workshops and much more. $5.

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daily Bikram Yoga – See website for class schedule and rates. Bikram Yoga LV, 5031 Wagon Trail Ave, Ste 109, LV. 702-547-9642. Free Counseling Sessions – Pre-Masters MFT Practicum-Intern under the supervision of a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist provides therapy sessions on a sliding scale fee structure of free to $25 per session for relationship issues, loss and grief, infidelity, couples strengthening, lifestage changes and more. Free. 3501 W Charleston, Ste 100, LV. Schedule with Caleb: 702-508-9461, x 3. Hot Pilates & Yoga – One week unlimited access. Free. Body Heat, 8876 Eastern Ave, LV. 702-4320028. Yoga & Meditation – See website for daily class schedule. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, Ste 206, LV. 702-553-6819. Wongu University of Oriental Medicine - Graduate Program – 9:30am-5:30pm. The first nonprofit school of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in Nevada offers a Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine. Coursework includes acupuncture, herbology, Taiji, moxibustion, Western medicine, practice management and more. Currently accepting applications for fall 2013. $180/Didactic Unit.$18/Clinical Hour.Wongu University of Oriental Medicine, 8620 S Eastern Ave, LV. 702463-2122. Stress Reduction Sessions – 47 10am-2pm. Stressed? Overwhelmed? Sleepless nights? Experience a free stress reduction session. Sessions are available daily. Free. 3663 E Sunset Blvd, Ste 106, LV. 310-739-7673.



fresh52 Sunday Farmers’& Artisan Market – 8:30am-1pm. fresh52 farmers’ and artisan market is a lively, friendly, open-air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate the community. Free. Sansone Park Place, 9480 S Eastern, LV. 702-900-2552. Taiji with Master Shirfu Jackson – 9-10am. $15. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Falun Gong Exercise & Qigong Meditation –911am. Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is an advanced traditional Chinese meditation system


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designed to improve mind and body through slow, gentle and smooth exercises. Free. Desert Breeze Park, 8268 Spring Mountain Rd, LV. 702-773-3667. Taiji Push Hands with Master Shirfu Jackson – 1011am. $15. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Chi is Key Beginner Yoga & Meditation with Isa – 12-1pm. $10. $15 with Power Pilates following. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr,110, LV. Power Pilates with Isa – 1-2pm. $10/class. $15 with Chi is Beginner Yoga & Meditation before. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Reiki Circle – 2-3pm. $5/class. Practitioners only. Krishna Fest – 6-9pm. Krishna Fest is a unique night out. Experience mantra chants, vibrant world music, stimulating spiritual knowledge of ancient India. Relax over a super-tasty vegetarian dinner with a diverse range of thoughtful people. Free. Govinda’s Center of Vedic India, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332.

monday Qigong/T’ai Chi Classes – 8:30-9:30am, Mon and Thurs. All ages and physical limitations. The gentle movements of qigong/t’ai chi are suitable for all levels. Learn how to move and strengthen your body for health, relaxation and vitality. $5. Whitney Senior Community Center, 5712 E Missouri Ave, LV. Kat: 702-743-3786. Energy Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Increase the body’s natural energy. First class free, $10 thereafter. $10. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 485 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-493-1614. Yin Yoga with Carol – 10-11am. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Beginning Meditation with Joan Lembo – 121pm. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Gentle Yoga with Joan Lembo – 1-2pm. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Yoga with Jeff – 6:15-7:15pm. Improve strength, flexibility and endurance while clearing the mind through the power of Yoga. Donation. Herbally Grounded, 4441 W Charleston Blvd, LV. 702558-4372.

Yoga & Qigong – 7:45-9:15pm. Multi-level Ashtanga yoga class and qigong infuses balancing chi (energy). Donation: $10. 107 E Charleston, LV. 702-325-9923.

tuesday Chi Kung/Medical Qigong with Sifu JC – 10-11am. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Momma’s Milk Circle – 10am-1pm. Support group for nursing moms and babies of up to one year of age hosted by lactation specialists. Well Rounded Momma Homestead, 3556 E Patrick Ave, LV. 702795-2500. Beginner T’ai Chi 29 Tao For Seniors with Doris Fong – 2-3pm. $5. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Beginner Yoga – 4:30-5:45pm. Classical Ashtanga yoga. A multi-level class for new and intermediate students. Emphasis on play, heart opening and alignment with a fun music playlist. Progressive options offered. The first Tuesday each month features Beatles music. $10 donation.Blue Sky Yoga, 107 E Charleston, LV. 702-325-9923. Yoga for Children with Joan Lembo – 5-6pm. $15. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Simple Thoughts Tutorial and Journaling – 5-6:30pm. Broaden the perception of life’s experiences and be inspired. Journal inspirations. $20. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-610-6497. Spiritual Book Club for Women – 6-8pm. Fourth Tues. First meeting is Meet and Greet and discuss future book choices. Meditation included in each meeting. Suggested donation: $8. Just Breathe Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville St, Ste 206, LV. 702-553-6819. Taiji Chuan with Master Shirfu Jackson – 6-8pm. $15. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Beginner Yoga Class – 7pm. Flow with the movements and let go of what doesn’t serve. Unfold strength and power on the mat. Learn how to shine inner light. This beginner class will restore and rejuvenate what’s already inside. $10. Astrid Stokes: 702-592-5600. Healing Circle – 7-9pm. Free healing every week with different practitioners. Free. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo, LV. RSVP Janee Powers: 702-265-5219.

wednesday Chi Kung/Medical Qigong with Sifu JC – 1011am. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Yoga with Mitch Menik – 11am-12pm. $5-$10 per class, depending on package. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV.

Brain Balance Open House – 2:30-4:30pm. 2nd Wed. For all parents, teachers, educators, administrators and support staff. Learn about groundbreaking, drug-free programs that helps kids with ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, Tourettes, OCD, PDD. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Centers of HD, 11 S Stephanie St, HD. 702-7789500.

Yoga for Stress Relief – 6-7pm. Yoga poses and meditation techniques for serenity. First class free. $10 thereafter. $10. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-493-1614.


Stripped Raw (Holistic Health Classes) with Jacqueline Pascual – 5-6pm. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV.

Green Drinks – Second Thurs. Network with other eco-friendly business professionals. Times/ locations vary.

Mary Kay Skincare and Meeting – 5:30-6:30pm, Skincare Classes. 6:30-8:30pm, Open Meeting. Meetings are open to any guest. Special guest event every 3rd Wed features various makeup techniques. Free. Please RSVP. Pink Studio, 6655 S Tenaya Way, Ste 120, LV. 702-371-1037.

Country Fresh Farmers’ Market-Water Street – 9am-4pm. Outdoor market selling fruits and vegetables, fresh-baked breads, salsas, honey, jams, loose leaf teas, organic soaps, dolls, jewelry, crafts and more. Free. Downtown HD in Events Plaza, 240 Water St, HD. 702-579-9661.

Inspirational Reiki Healing Circle with Victoria Stitzer Reiki Master – 6-8pm. Donation. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV.

Good Morning Yoga with Teacher Sharon Prier – 9-10am $10/class. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV.

Reiki Healing Circle & Inspiration – 6-8pm. Reiki Circles offer a time to give, a time to receive and a time to practice (for practitioners). Open to the public. A very special night of learning, interaction, meditation and deep healing. Bring a friend/meet a friend. Free. Love offerings accepted. Naturally Organic Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-4059375.

Morning Meditation – 10-11am. Gently guided meditations for those wishing to begin or deepen their meditation practice. $10. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-493-1614.

Chi Kung/Medical Qigong with Sifu JC – 1011am. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV.

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Senior Memoir-Writing Class – 10-11:30am. Four weekly classes. Life Stories Nevada helps older adults record their life stories for themselves and future generations. Free. Temple Beth Sholom, 10700 Havenwood Ln, LV. 702-940-5423. ‘Bet on the Farm’ Farmers’ Market – 10am-1pm. Mario Batali’s and Joe Bastianichу’s sustainable market. Free. Springs Preserve, 333 S Valley View Blvd, LV. Momma’s Milk Circle – 10am-1pm. Support group for nursing moms and babies of up to one year of age hosted by lactation specialists. Well Rounded Momma, 6000 S Eastern Ave, Ste 9A, LV. 702-795-2500. Reiki with Angels Meditation – 11:30am12:30pm. Heal, restore and empower oneself. Allow the love of the Angel and the power of Reiki to assist in a spiritual journey. Seek to bring Divine Light into everyday lives. $10. Just Breath Wellness Center, 5333 S Arville, 206, LV. 702-350-1711. Las Vegas Aikikai – 6-7pm. Aikido is a Japanese martial art. Take advantage of an attack as an opportunity to defend. Body of instruction includes aikido, bokken (wooden sword), jyo (wooden staff), iaido (sword drawing) and zazen (seated zen meditation). $5/class. Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 McLeod Dr, LV. 702-879-8792. In Rhythm Music Songwriter Workshops – 6-8pm. Find one’s voice and create music in a supportive, safe environment. All levels welcome. $20. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-610-4400. Solar NV Monthly Meeting – 6:30pm. Third Thurs. Featuring speakers from a variety of renewable energy disciplines. A great place to network with people who share an interest in renewable energy. Free. Check website for meeting room number. UNLV, 4505 S Maryland Pkwy, LV. 702507-0093. Deeksha – 7pm. The first & third Thursdays. Awaken to the natural state of being. Along with the many trained Deeksha givers, join Oneness Trainers Debra Apsara and Neal Ong for a powerful ancient transfer of energy called Deeksha. Love donations. Unity Center in the Valley, 3037 E Warm Springs Rd, Unit 300, LV. 702-576-1010.

friday Qigong-T’ai Chi Classes – 8:30-9:30am. Bi-monthly. These ancient Chinese healing arts involve gentle, rhythmic movement exercises, controlled breathing and focused intention. $5. Whitney Community Center, 5712 Missouri Ave, LV. 702-743-3786. Downtown 3rd Farmers’ Market – 9am-2pm. Locally grown fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers and artisanal selections. Guest chef demonstrations. Kids craft zone. Dog park. Largest indoor Farmers’ Market in the valley. Free parking. 300 N Casino Center, LV. Country Fresh Farmers’ Market – 10am. Free. HD Pavilion, 200 S Green Valley Pkwy, HD. 702579-9661.


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Chi Kung/Qigong – 10-11am.Tues, Thurs from 10-11am. Saturday 9-10am. Chi Kung, the art of developing internal energy for health and vitality, mind expansion and spiritual cultivation uses body movements, rhythmic breathing, visualizations and healing sounds. Sifu JC specializes in Chi Kung, 17 years experience. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. 702-433-3874. fresh52 Friday Farmers’& Artisan Market – 3-7pm. fresh52 farmers’ and artisan market is a lively, friendly, open-air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate the community. Located outside Whole Foods at Town Square. Free. Town Square (outside Whole Foods), 6605 LV Blvd S, LV. 702-900-2552. Community HU – 3:15-3:45pm. Open the heart to divine love and experience uplifting joy, healing, relaxation and spiritual connection. Free. The Spirit Within U, 4780 W Ann Rd, Ste 4, NLV. 702-224-4328. Yoga for Stress Relief – 4-5pm. Instructor Joan Lembo. $10. Naturally Organic Healing. Homemade Vegan/Vegetarian Dinners – 6-9pm. Friday is vegan/vegetarian dinner night at Govinda’s. Preparations will consist of vegetable stew, rice or pasta, soup, bread, a dessert and beverage for a donation of $8/plate. Senior and student discounts available. $8. Govinda's Center, 7181 Dean Martin Dr, LV. 702-434-8332. First Friday – 6-12pm. Arts festival on 1st Fri each month. Food, drink, art and entertainers. Free. Downtown Arts District, LV. 702-384-0092. Community HU – 6:15-6:45pm. 4th Fri. Open the heart to divine love and experience uplifting joy, relaxation and spiritual connection. Free. Pure Health Foods, 7575 Washington, 129, LV. 224-4325. Community Drum Circle – 6:30-7:30pm. All ages welcome. Enjoy a large community drumming experience, building one strong voice with many. Bring drum/rhythm instrument or one provided. $10. Music 4 Life, Inc., 2975 S Rainbow Blvd, LV. 702-889-2881. Teachings of Ven Lama Jigme Rinpoche – 7-8pm. Donation-based class. Donation goes directly to Lama. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Energy Healing Circle – 7:30pm-8:30pm. Circle of healing for self and planet. Give a healing and receive a healing. Love donation. Free. Angel Blessings Wellness Spa, 4485 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-467-2472.

saturday fresh52 Saturday Farmers’& Artisan Market – 8am-1pm. fresh52 farmers’ and artisan market is a lively, friendly, open-air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate the community. Free. Tivoli Village, 302 S Rampart, LV. 702-9002552. Chi Kung and T’ai Chi Classes – 9-10am. Learn T’ai chi and Chi Kung. $10/class. $15/both hours.

Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, LV. 702-433-3874. LV Electric Vehicles Club Monthly Meeting – 10am. EV owners and those interested get together to show and share. Friendly club members answer any questions about EVs. Fun meet-ups almost every week. Free. For location info, contact Lloyd: 702-524-3233, Bill: 702-636-0304 or Jon: 702-2777544. Taiji Chuan Yang Style 48 – 10-11am. Teacher Sifu JC. $10 per class, $15 with preceding Chi Kung/ Mixed Styles class and $20 with following T’aicChi Fan or Saber. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. T’ai Chi Fan or Saber – 11-11:30am. Teacher Sifu JC. $10/class, $15 with preceding Chi Kung/ Mixed Styles and Taiji Chuan Yang Style 48 classes. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Overeaters Anonymous – 2pm. OA offers an approach to permanent weight loss with desired results of a physical, emotional and spiritual healing. Based on the twelve steps, twelve traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous, OA is a program of recovery. Donation. Serenity Club – Ste 10, 3990 Schiff Dr, LV. VM info 702-593-2945. The Art of Spiritual Dreaming Book Discussion – 2-3pm. Every 4th Sat. Explore the universe of dreams to receive spiritual insights and wisdom from the heart, pursue divine purpose in life, recognize dreams as a source of inner truth and as a key element of spiritual growth. Free. Starbucks, 2120 N Rampart, LV. 702-224-4325. Stripped Raw (Holistic Health Classes) with Jacqueline Pascual – 3-4pm. $10. Naturally Organic Healing Center, 1171 S Buffalo Dr, 110, LV. Community HU – 3:15-3:45pm. Open the heart to divine love and experience uplifting joy, healing, relaxation and spiritual connection. Free. The Spirit Within U, 4780 W Ann Rd, Ste 4, NLV. 702-224-4328. Mind Body & Soul Saturday – 7pm. Art, meditation, music, reading performances foster well-being through the arts with wellness, massage, Reiki, energy sessions adjacent to a secluded landscaped courtyard that enhances, elevates and enlightens participants face-to-face, one-on-one. $15 for you and a guest. Weston Place, 6600 W Charleston, Ste 123, LV. 702-418-0707.

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Seth Dyal, BioFeedback Practitioner 9065 S Pecos Rd, #250, HD 89074 702-938-5055 • Do you feel fatigue? Pain? Depression? It could be allergies. See Seth, a Kinesiology (energetic healing) and Ondamed specialist at Royal Medical Clinic and get your life back today! See ad, page 3.


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Let us help you on your road to holistic knowledge and health. We offer holistic health, lactation, CPR and doTerra essential oil classes to help support your well-being. See ad, page 4.




Jeffrey Brown, DO 10120 S Eastern Ave, Ste 100, HD 89052 702-871-7004 • The Ultimate Healing Center is a functional medicine practice that incorporates a variety of methods to help heal the body. We identify imbalances and help restore balance so the body can work optimally to heal itself. Dr. Brown believes that the body has its own natural healing mechanisms. See ad, page 26.



Dr. Jim Wright, DDS, AIAOMT, AIABDM 8855 W Flamingo, LV 89147 702-281-9900 •

Thoughts, feelings and emotional pains manifest as energetic blockages in the physical body. I offer a sacred Energy Detoxification process that clears these blocks, opening channels to clarity, harmony and advanced well-being. See ad, page 23.

Practicing holistic, biological dentistry with safe removal of mercury according to the standars of IAOMT and IABDM. State of the art early detect cavity mapping, cosmetic, general, specialty dentistry and low sensitivity teeth whitening. Dr. Wright offers holistic, no-prep veneers, Lumineers, Invisalign Braces, dental implants and All on 4 Implant Bridges, sleep and full sedation dentistry. See ad, page 5.



ENERGY HEALING SPIRIT OF THE OWL HEALING ARTS Roxanne Perillo, Reiki Master/Teacher Shamanic Energy Medicine 920-336-6468 •

Step into your light. Awaken the memory of your healed state by releasing the past, old harmful patterns, fear and feelings of scarcity. Allow yourself to live life fully! Remote healing sessions. See ad, page 23.

Dr. Michael Bell, DDS 8068 W Sahara Ave, Ste A, LV 89117 702-256-7666 •

Holistic dentistry with a whole body approach to create a healthy smile and body. Live microscopic viewing of mouth bacteria. Laser gum disease treatment. Computerized TMJ and bite analysis. Mercury testing and removal. Nutritional testing. Autonomic nervous system analysis. Invisalign. See ad, page 7.

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Daniel F. Royal, DO, HMD, JD 9065 S Pecos Rd, Ste 250 HD 89074 702-938-5055 • We treat causes not symptoms with unique and natural therapies that are not available anywhere else. They failed? Get the Royal Treatment for energy, weight loss, pain relief, Bio-Identical hormones, testosterone, diabetes and more. See ad, page 3. .


Quality, full-service, pet supply store with the best value in the valley. Pet-friendly. On-site “Barkery”. Nutritional experts. Professional grooming available seven days for cats, dogs and little critters. Pet adoptions too! See ad, back cover. .



Prenatal & Expressive Yoga Dance Instructor Holistic Movement Therapist • Certified Fitness Instructor 702-432-0028 During your pregnancy share the joy of movement through yoga, expressive dance and holistic therapy. Be supported as you find a flow back to your roots. Allow yourself to be guided to the Universal power of womanhood.


Inspired intuitive insights for your life’s path and purpose. Uncover your hidden gifts and talents, discover your highest potential, and clear the blocks in your way. Free initial phone consultation.


Glenn Smith, Independent Distributor 702-525-5360 Transform your life with the 10 Day Celebrity Cleanse, take a vacation from processed foods, eat green and get lean. Become part of the Million Mom Movement to regain family health. Promoters wanted. See ad, page 21.


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Leanne L. Earnest, Ph.D. 2340 Paseo Del Prado, D-307, LV 89102 702-222-1812 • Dr. Leanne Earnest is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years experience integrating mindfulness meditation with traditional psychotherapy. She teaches proven programs to reduce stress, improve mental and physical health. See ad, page 17.

WELLNESS FLAWLESS SILHOUETTES WELLNESS SPA 8820 Maryland Pkwy, #115, LV 89123 702-685-1922 •

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